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Serve the common good, Pope urges Italian city officials

February 06, 2015

In a February 6 meeting with Italian municipal officials, Pope Francis said that serving the common good entails following the law while recognizing that the law is based upon the truths of human nature and human dignity.

The Pope told the prefects of Italian cities that their work involves not “abstract” issues, but the concrete needs of individuals. He observed that “the exercise of authority always has as its aim the attainment of the common good, finding its most intimate reason for existence and the very possibility of its effectiveness in placing itself in the service of those over whom authority is held.”

Applying his thought to one particular issue, the Pontiff encouraged the prefects to recognize the special circumstances arising from the increase in migration. He challenged them to find ways to avoid conflicts while applying regulations even-handedly, with “scrupulous respect for the fundamental rights of every human being.”


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